How to Fix a Laptop If It Gets Wet

By Contributing Writer

Even though you may take every possible step to protect your beloved computer, accidents sometimes happen. You may be sitting down to work with a glass of water nearby, and one false step may leave your computer soaked. But not all hope is lost: You can take a few steps to save your computer from a spill fairly quickly.

Step 1

Take out the battery and set it aside.

Step 2

Flip over your laptop and shake out any excess water onto a towel.

Step 3

Gently blot the wet areas on your laptop with a dry towel.

Step 4

Let the battery and the laptop air-dry overnight.

Step 5

If the liquid is thicker than water--like coffee, wine or juice--and it fell onto the keyboard, shake off any excess liquid.

Step 6

Pop off any affected keys and blot the area with a paper towel.

Step 7

Once you've blotted and the keyboard is dry, put the keys back where they belong.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the liquid you dropped is thicker than water, try to get the computer to a professional who can help clean it off. Otherwise, the liquid can continue seeping into the laptop and do more damage.